FORMATS & FACTUAL

The three-day unscripted strand brings together the global business to facilitate new deals

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Speaking in FORMATS & FACTUAL

Commissioning editor
Warner Bros. Discovery UK & Ireland
Commissioning editor
Warner Bros. Discovery UK & Ireland
VP of commissioning
Warner Bros. Discovery UK & Ireland
SVP head of content, networks and streaming
Warner Bros. Discovery UK & Ireland
Head of TV, Prime Video UK
Prime Video
Unscripted executive, Amazon Studios UK
Prime Video
Unscripted executive, Amazon Studios UK
Prime Video
Head of unscripted, Amazon Studios UK
Prime Video
VP, unscripted and documentary series
Netflix
Head of regional content, Europe
Audible
VP, programming
The WNET Group
Head of new projects
Atresmedia
Head of formats and development
TV4
Head of development entertainment
ZDF
Head of format and factual entertainment
RTI
Founder and CEO
Media Ranch
EVP, content development and international
TF1 Group

Sessions in FORMATS & FACTUAL

Date: Tuesday 28 November
Start time: 10.00am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
Leading executives set the scene for three days of intense discussion and debate about the biggest trends, opportunities and issues facing the global unscripted business. From international entertainment formats to premium docs, what are the global ambitions for studios and producers and how will they realise them?
Date: Tuesday 28 November
Start time: 10.50am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
The unscripted wish-list: what stories is WBD looking for in the UK and Ireland? Join the WBD UK & Ireland team to hear about the commissioning wish-list for the market, spanning discovery+ and linear channels, including Really, Quest, Quest Red, Food Network, and HGTV. Clare Laycock, SVP head of content, Networks and Streaming, Charlotte Reid, VP commissioning, and commissioning editors Steven Fullagar and Deirdre Dowling will talk about the kind of stories they’re looking for, what resonates with their audiences and how to pitch an unscripted idea.
Date: Tuesday 28 November
Start time: 11.40am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
The appetite for premium docs shows no sign of waning but what are commissioners looking for in a climate of budget-tightening? We hear from some of the leading high-end doc commissioners.
Date: Tuesday 28 November
Start time: 12.30pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
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Date: Tuesday 28 November
Start time: 2.30pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
In this session, leading unscripted producers and executives take us inside their innovative new models for coproducing formats and factual entertainment and opportunities for partnerships.
Date: Tuesday 28 November
Start time: 3.20pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
With the arrival of huge shows such as Squid Game: The Challenge and 007: Road to a Million, IP from the worlds of scripted drama and feature films is now being exploited in the unscripted space. This panel hears how this new content trend has inspired producers and studio executives to create ambitious formats based on hit scripted brands.
Date: Tuesday 28 November
Start time: 5.00pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
Factual commissioners from across the globe reveal details of their content strategies, how this is driving decision-making and what’s on their shopping lists.
Date: Wednesday 29 November
Start time: 9.30am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
With a number of new premium doc-focused production initiatives launching across the business, leading international executives discuss current funding models, where the money is coming from, which genres are pulling in the bucks and how?
Date: Wednesday 29 November
Start time: 10.30am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
After big hits like Too Hot to Handle, F1: Drive to Survive, and Sins of our Mother, in this keynote interview Riegg will look back at the growing slate of non-fiction titles that have captivated fans around the world and will deep dive into Netflix’s strategy and the exciting upcoming series and films.
Date: Wednesday 29 November
Start time: 11.15am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
In this Content Strategies session, Aurelie de Troyer, head of regional content for Europe, Audible will discuss how audio content trends continue to grow and why factual programming and documentaries are a key priority for the platform over the next 12 months. Clare Chadburn, content director at Audible will join her on stage along with key production partners to discuss highlights from their upcoming slate and further explore the opportunities for established TV creators and producers to diversify into the world of audio.
Date: Wednesday 29 November
Start time: 12.15pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
In this Content London Case Study session we delve into the successful reality TV series, A New Kind of Beautiful. We hear from creator, of The Fashion Hero Caroline Bernier and host of the series AJ McLean about how the TV series came about, it’s purpose and ambition and how the show is touching audiences and being sold around the world.
Date: Wednesday 29 November
Start time: 2.30pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
The Content London Global Entertainment Formats Pitch 2023, is a cornerstone of the three day Formats and Factual strand at Content London and is designed to discover and develop a brand new international hit format in one of the following two categories: ‘Primetime Entertainment’ or ‘Reality & Social Experiment’. Out of more than 80 submissions, 10 projects have been selected to pitch live at Content London on Wednesday November 29 at 2.30pm. The winning pitch, selected by an esteemed panel of judges will be announced during Content London on Wednesday December 29 at 5.20pm. They will receive a £30,000 marketing prize from C21 Media to support development and pre-sales promotion of the show.
Date: Wednesday 29 November
Start time: 4.40pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
How do you find the next big ideas that will get a green light and attract audiences around the world? Leading executives in the entertainment formats space share their thoughts and discuss where next for the formats business.
Date: Thursday 30 November
Start time: 9.30am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
Head of unscripted for Amazon Studios UK, Fozia Khan, and unscripted executives from the division, Cat Lynch and Harjeet Chhokar, will be joined by Hannah Blyth, head of TV for Prime Video UK, to discuss the global streamer's UK content strategies for the year ahead, drilling down on key new titles in the factual and formats space.
Date: Thursday 30 November
Start time: 10.30am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
Sports docs focusing on star names or professional clubs are proving such subscriber drivers for streamers that private equity firms are now investing in projects without a broadcaster attached knowing access will likely equal profit. But as the genre proliferates it’s becoming rare to find a football club without it’s own ride-along obs doc, and star names like Michael Jordan and David Beckham are seeking to tell their stories on their terms. What makes a good and bad sports doc? What terms and conditions are being attached to access? And are traditional documentary ideals of impartiality, journalistic rigour and critique being sacrificed in order to get cameras into somebody’s life, career or dressing room?
Date: Thursday 30 November
Start time: 11.20am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
The world of celebrity has always been of interest to the public and with high profile figures like Coleen Rooney, Pamela Anderson, Boris Becker and David Beckham all releasing major documentaries this year, is something fundamental shifting in the streaming landscape? These shows have proved they can capture the public imagination, dominate conversation and go viral online, these life stories are as ripe for TV adaptation as any factual drama. But with every production company chasing the same names, how do you get access? What conditions come with that? Can you produce the project without the subject's blessing/cooperation? And how much does dramatic licence win out in the battle of fact vs fiction? As the balance between scripted and unscripted continues to shift we hear from leading producers at the heart of some of the most recent and popular celebrity biopic and documentary series to discuss their approach, the business value and find out how these shows have become the go to choice and are dominating ratings across all the major streamers.
Date: Thursday 30 November
Start time: 12.00pm |
St Pancras Hotel
In this session we hear from the BBC’s heads of factual commissioning about their latest content strategies and how this is driving decision-making, what’s in store on their upcoming slates and opportunities for collaboration.
Date: Thursday 30 November
Start time: 3.20pm |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
Major broadcasters from across Europe outline their latest entertainment formats strategies, new slates and what they’re looking for to create their next big hit.